The Bishop’s Crown Pepper is one of the most well rounded peppers on the planet. It has a perfect balance of heat to sweetness and has a beautiful red color and a unique shape, all of which make it one of the most popular peppers in countries all over the world.
The Bishop’s Crown Pepper is native to Barbados where it is more commonly named Peri Peri. However, it is now most commonly grown in South America and has been widely commercialized in Europe.
The Bishop’s Crown Pepper has an interesting, wiggly shape and was named after its similarity to a jester’s hat or the crown of a catholic bishop’s head. It is red when ripe and measures about 1 inch high and has a diameter of about 2 to 3 inches. The pepper is thin and crunchy on the outside and is filled with many seeds in which most of the pepper’s heat resides.
Taste and Smell
The Bishop’s Crown Pepper has an exquisite taste. It is just spicy enough, as a pepper should be, but also has some sweet notes to it. Some compare its fruity taste to that of an apple.
Due to its crisp skin, the Bishop’s Crown Pepper is perfect for roasting and can be stuffed with rice, beans and cheese for a delicious southwestern meal. Due to its fruity taste, it can also be enjoyed fresh when the seeds are removed.
The Bishop’s Crown Pepper grows in tropical settings and requires heat and moderate watering to flourish. Seedlings usually take about one to three months to mature from a green to a red color once they have emerged.
The Bishop’s Crown Pepper has many health benefits. It is known to reduce cholesterol and contains immune boosting vitamins and antioxidants. These combine to fight cancer and other diseases. Their spicy seeds also aid in weight loss by boosting the metabolism and they can reduce blood sugar levels which is especially beneficial to diabetics.
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